Two Easy To-Do’s Before 2012 Kicks Into High Gear

Dec 31st, 2011No Comments

Catching up on reading, enjoying Austin weather

The days between Christmas and New Year’s Day usually run at half speed, which is a great and glorious thing. It’s the perfect time to reconnect with family, return those not-quite-right gifts and enjoy the ever-elusive pleasure of a little downtime.

It’s also when torrents of “year in review”, “best of”, “worst of” and “predictions for the new year” articles stream in from every corner.  Here are some of my favs:

My twist on the new year’s article theme:  Just TWO EASY ITEMS to do before the first workweek of the year, to make you – and possibly your colleagues – feel psyched and ready for 2012.

1. Write a few LinkedIn recommendations. (You know you’ve meant to!)  The graphics design intern who helped during summer crunch times, the former colleague who’s now job hunting, the service provider who actually asked you to recommend him – anyone who’s done right by you professionally AND who could benefit from your online tip-of-the-hat.

To get your creative juices flowing, read Jared Redick’s How To Write a Great LinkedIn Recommendation or uber-recommender Chris Brogan’s older post Elements of a Good LinkedIn Recommendation.

2. Catch up on some reading. (Does anyone else fall behind in December?)  Whether it’s hard-copy Austin Business Journals, blog posts you’ve saved in Evernote or Google Reader, or just a crowded inbox – now is a great time to catch up so you can start the new year with an uncluttered mind, desk and email account.

Happy New Year, everyone, and all the best in 2012!
Suzanne
@suzanne_doughty

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